Area Specific Self-Esteem and Adolescent Sexual Behavior

Young, Michael; Denny, George; Spear, Caile
September 1999
American Journal of Health Studies;1999, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p181
Academic Journal
Abstract: The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between self-esteem and the sexual behavior and intended behavior of adclescents. Students (n = 1,659) completed a questionnaire designed to elicit information regarding self-esteem, sexual behavior and intended behavior. Results - for all five sexual behavior and behavioral intent items there was a relationship between response to the item and each area of self-esteem. Higher peer self-esteem was associated (p < .01) with increased likelihood of participation and greater intent. Higher home and school self-esteem were associated (p<.01) with decreased likelihood of participation and less intent.


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